The Theoretical Physics of Sequestration

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This graphic explains the complex formula used to adjust U.S. defense spending levels under sequestration. I worked closely with two defense analysts to chart the equation. We tried to break down the formula and make it as simple as possible to follow, but it retained some density even after reducing its complexity. You can follow the sequence, yet appreciate the mathematical gymnastics demanded by the political process.

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